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Posted by:Sep 8th 2003, 08:37:03 pm
KimberlyHi, John:
Thanks for the report! I hadn't realized that one actually COULD import trees and plants from Florida. I had always thought that the Ministry of Agriculture in Nassau had frowned on such importation for the very same reasons that you cite. Thanks for the update.

Posted by:Sep 8th 2003, 08:35:02 pm
JohnTim Broschat a specialist from Fla spent the last couple of days on the Island viewing the palms and meeting with Eloise Knowles and Cephas Cooper.
There is a serious infestation of Lethal Yellowing thourghout the Island. One can not stop the disease but can contain it.
The only remedy is to remove trees or inoculate. When trees are cut it dries quickly and microorganism dies and no longer a threat. Inoculation is a economic possibility for selected specimens caught early, and inoculation can actually cure disease.
Much more will be coming in his full report. He is adamant against importing FL plants which carry severe soil borne diseases. Cephas Cooper will review the report with Nassau and get an immediate invertigation and action.
Posted by:Sep 5th 2003, 03:48:32 pm
Fig Tree News TeamSent in by Hank Sinnamon, reachable online at

Hi Kimberly,
Lethal Yellowing (LY) has been in the area for some time, and it is starting to hit Harbour Island and Eleuthera very hard right now.

Lethal Yellowing is transferred from tree to tree by an insect know as the Leafhopper. It feeds on an infected tree and moves on to a healthy tree, therefore transferring it.

Lethal Yellowing can lay dormant for up to a year. Healthy trees can be treated with an antibiotic tree injection formula Oxytetracycline Hydrocolide (OTC) to save them. Infected trees can be treated to slow down the damage. The trees need to be treated every 3 to 4 months with OTC to stop the Lethal Yellowing. By treating the trees you will save approximately 80% of them. By not treating the trees you will lose them within 3 to 6 months if they get infected.

I treated the trees at the Luna Sea and Harbour Island Marina last week. I have the equipment and the OTC on Harbour Island and will be glad to treat any trees that anyone wants done. I will be back on Harbour Island next week. I can be contacted in Miami at (786) 367-9562.
Thanks, Hank Sinnamon
Posted by:Sep 5th 2003, 01:56:27 pm
chapelHas anyone come up with a specific solution for the yellow palm problem? I'm getting a lot of inquiries offlist, too, and just wanted to check in to see what everyone was doing ...
Posted by:Aug 19th 2003, 10:57:50 am
TessWe, too, will not be back on the island until October, but are most concerned about the palm blight. Please be sure to update the message board after the September meeting so that those of us coming this fall may come prepared to treat our trees. If a particular agent is identified as "the cure," perhaps we could arrange a cooperative shipment from south Florida--'might be safer and less hassle than trying to fly in with it!
Posted by:Aug 17th 2003, 12:39:07 pm
bahamasharonWe had the same problem 20 years ago and a specialist came from Florida and treated the virus. As I remember we had to cut down immediately any tree that had any yellowing and replace them with Golden Coconut palms that are resistant to the virus. The reason for cuttingthem down so fast was that it is spread from tree to tree in the wind. The healthy trees were given an injection and were saved. I cannot remember what the injection was but in Florida it is common so I am sure they could help you. Good Luck
Posted by:Aug 16th 2003, 03:11:01 pm
I understand your concern regarding the diseased palm trees. We are located at the northern end of the island and have lost half of our lovely, old, palm tree due to a yellowing disease that was brought in via 2 or 3 shipments of diseased palm trees from Florida by our neighbors. This was documented by Gregory Stuart of Builders who has been spraying and trying to save trees in this area. I suggest you contact him, 242-335-1366, as he is familiar and most knowledgeable about the problem we are having. Perhaps you are experiencing the same thing we are. Gregory might be a good person to invite to the discussion in September. I have learned through Gregory and his staff and also from my tropical gardening books that all palms are not succeptible to the same diseases, so perhaps some of those in South Bar will not be affected. We will not be on island until October and will miss the talk, so please post any information that you learn regarding identification, treatments, etc. I am most interested. In the future, I am hoping that when the library is restored that we can have experts come to speak on various gardening problems just as you are doing with this situation. It will help all of us avid gardeners.
Posted by:Aug 14th 2003, 04:13:47 pm
smittyHi John
Interested in your problem I went to Yahoo and punched in Coconut Palm Tree Diseases.Although there are way too many to list here, if you have a PC give it a shot if you haven't already.You'll be amazed.Hope your Florida man can reverse the problem. Good luck. Ken
Posted by:Aug 14th 2003, 03:00:17 pm
ColinWeird fact: Coconut palms are not native to the Bahamas, Florida or to the Caribbean!

Coconut Palms
The Coconut Palm is one of the very few palm species that makes up its own genus, although years of cultivation in tropical climates have given us somewhere around 80 named varieties. Coconut Palms are believed to have originated in southeast Asia.

Who would've thought?
Posted by:Aug 13th 2003, 08:50:43 pm
JohnMany may not know but the Coconut Palm Trees on the Island are being invaded and dying by an unknown disease .. We have had to cut dowm many at South Bar and losing the trees at an alarming rate. It has spread throughout the Island and we are concerned. We will be bringing an expert over from Florida to obtain a recommendation as how to curb the spread of the disease. We have not been able to obtain much assistence from Nassau. He will be coming over Sept. 7 to inspect the trees and we hope to have an open meeting with the Town Council and any intertested parties while the Expert is on the Island. Will follow up with more information as we get it.

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